Calendar: February 17–23, 2020

Monday, February 17

San Francisco Recorder Society
“A Hike through Germany,” 2020 SFRS Recorder Workshop, directed by Hanneke van Proosdi and Rotem Gilbert. Come along with us as Hanneke and Rotem guide this musical hike through Germany to show us spectacular views through the music of great German composers from various periods in history. J.S. Bach and Heinrich Isaac are among the star composers we’ll meet along the way.

10 AM to 4:30 PM (check-in and setup begins at 9:30 AM)
Christ Church Lutheran
1090 Quintara Street (at 20th Avenue), San Francisco.
$50 for the whole day, $30 for half a day (10 AM to 1 PM or 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM).
gr8asf@yahoo.com or 415-377-4444.


Wednesday, February 19

San Francisco Recorder Society
Monthly playing session with conductor David Hogan Smith. New members and guests welcome.

7:30–9:30 PM
Christ Church Lutheran
1090 Quintara St. (at 20th Ave.), San Francisco.
Non-members are asked for a $10 playing fee per session which can be applied to the $50 annual chapter membership fee.
For more information contact gr8asf@yahoo.com; http://arssanfrancisco.org


Friday, February 21

New Esterházy Quartet
“Beyond Beethoven” New Esterházy Quartet (Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss, violin; Anthony Martin, viola; and William Skeen, cello) perform quartets from the generation after Beethoven, by Georges Onslow, Felix Mendelssohn, and his sister, Fanny Hensel.

8 PM
Saint Mary Magdalen Church
2005 Berryman Street, Berkeley
Tickets: General $30; 65+, SFEMS members, Disabled $25; Students with ID $10
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4341570
415-520-0611, info@newesterhazy.org, www.newesterhazy.org

San Francisco Renaissance Voices, Don Scott Carpenter, Director CANCELED
“The World at Play and Prayer” features William Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices, Jubilate Deo à 8 by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Hosanna to the Son of David by Orlando Gibbons, and Super Flumina Babylonis by Philippe de Monte, among others. The concert ends with a collection of joyous English madrigals.

8 PM PERFORMANCE CANCELED
Episcopal Church of the Incarnation
1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco
San Francisco Renaissance Voices
415-650-6258, SFRVoices@gmail.com
www.SFRVoices.org


Saturday, February 22

New Esterházy Quartet
“Beyond Beethoven” New Esterházy Quartet (Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss, violin; Anthony Martin, viola; and William Skeen, cello) perform quartets from the generation after Beethoven, by Georges Onslow, Felix Mendelssohn, and his sister, Fanny Hensel.

4 PM
Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church
1111 O’Farrell St (at Franklin), San Francisco
Tickets: General $30; 65+, SFEMS members, Disabled $25; Students with ID $10
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4341573
415-520-0611, info@newesterhazy.org, www.newesterhazy.org


Sunday, February 23

Community Concerts at Epworth Presents Davis High School Baroque Ensemble
Program TBA. The DHS Baroque Ensemble, founded and directed by Angelo Moreno, has the distinction of being the first public high school orchestra to emphasize historically informed performance practice using period instruments. This enables students to access a rich and diverse wealth of orchestral literature. The Ensemble has performed by invitation on the main stage of the Berkeley Early Music Festival and in historic cathedrals in several European cities.

4 PM
Epworth United Methodist Church
1953 Hopkins St, Berkeley
Donations to support the ensemble’s third European tour later this year.
communityconcertepworth@gmail.com, 510-725-5329
https://www.communityconcertepworth.org/

Mills College Music Department
Dewing Piano Recital features Brian Connelly performing music of Ludwig van Beethoven on a Viennese fortepiano, built ca. 1806–10, just a few years after the composition of the music on this program. Works to be performed include the Twenty-four Variations on a Theme by Righini, WoO 65 (ca. 1791); Five Variations on “Rule Britannia,” WoO 79 (1803); Sonata #18, in E-flat, Op. 31 #3 (1802); Andante in F (“Andante favori”), WoO 57 (1803); and Sonata #21, in C, “Waldstein.” Op. 21. (1804). The instrument used in this concert was made by master-builder Johann Fritz, who after years of apprenticeship opened his own workshop in 1806. This magnificent instrument reveals the music’s brilliance, exuberance and wit, and brings to life the extraordinary colors and effects that dazzled Beethoven’s first audiences. Read more . . .

4 PM
Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall
Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland
$15 general, $10 seniors and students
Tickets may be purchased at the door, or in advance at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brian-connelly-fortepiano-tickets-89152107353
For more information, please visit:
https://performingarts.mills.edu/performing-arts-programs/mills-music-now/index.php

New Esterházy Quartet
“Beyond Beethoven” New Esterházy Quartet (Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss, violin; Anthony Martin, viola; and William Skeen, cello) perform quartets from the generation after Beethoven, by Georges Onslow, Felix Mendelssohn, and his sister, Fanny Hensel.

4 PM
All Saints’ Episcopal Church
555 Waverley Street (at Hamilton), Palo Alto
Tickets: General $30; 65+, SFEMS members, Disabled $25; Students with ID $10
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4341577
415-520-0611, info@newesterhazy.org, www.newesterhazy.org

Santa Cruz Baroque Festival
“Renaissance Roots—American Flowerings” In the Renaissance, vocal polyphony and close harmony reached an apex of technical perfection, and their primacy in music culture was at its height. This Golden Age of choral music coincided with the first wave of European colonization of Africa and the Americas. Everywhere they went, the singing styles Europeans brought along were preserved and transformed by colonists, indigenous people and the enslaved, and strains of their musical influence has persisted through the centuries to the present day. In North America, close harmonic singing and Baroque ‘fugueing’ evolved into Sacred Harp psalmody. Following the Civil War, creative blends in opposing contexts—North/South, urban/rural, classical/pop, White/Black—gave birth to various uniquely American styles, such as Tin-Pan Alley, Barbershop and Gospel. This concert, performed by the UCSC Chamber Singers (Michael McGushin, director) an the Endurance Gospel Quartet features Renaissance sacred music along with a selection of its flowerings across four centuries, with prize-winning ensembles performing in diverse genres—sacred harp, classical choral, and gospel.

3 PM
UCSC Recital Hall
1156 High St, Santa Cruz
Tickets online https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4343848 $25/$22/$10
http://scbaroque.org/2020-season/

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Written by Jonathan Harris
San Francisco Early Music Society